Thousands of new tech experts are set to join the ranks at Walmart, as the US-based department store continues to set its sights on Amazon’s top e-commerce ranking.
Data scientists, software engineers and designers are among the top jobs Walmart is looking to recruit for. In a television interview with Bloomberg, the company’s Chief Technology Officer, Jeremy King said the business plans to recruit up to 2,000 new technology experts.
Currently, Walmart’s tech team is made up of 7,500 people, after an extra 1,700 were recruited just last year. The new team members will reportedly be focused on both in-store and online operations and will be based in a number of offices, from Bangalore to Silicon Valley.
These new hires will give the company the capabilities to bring some of its technical innovations to life, including continued efforts to ramp up its online offerings and investments in new technology for its physical shopfronts, like robots that scan shelves.
Walmart has made a big push towards innovative tech in recent years, with the company detailing a number of new initiatives in a statement made in December 2018. Among some of its most recent updates is an in-store app that allows store associates to help customers find products in-store and then easily check out online.
“We’ve introduced a new in-store app that gives our associates the power of Walmart.com right at their fingertips,” the US department store wrote online.“You can pay however you want – with a new cash or cheque option, credit card or Walmart Pay”.
When a store associate finds the desired product via the online app for the customer, they will then print a ticket that can be taken to the cash register to finalise payment for the goods.
Officially launched last December, Walmart had reportedly been trialling the app for a number of weeks, along with new self-serve kiosks at the end of aisles that are being tested in 20 stores.
Walmart’s latest employment push will better position the company to establish market leading new retail approaches that could rival the likes of Amazon. It will also see the brand capture technology talent outside of the current bubble of experts in Silicon Valley.